Iconic for London, the suspension bridge and bascule over the River Thames is called Tower Bridge, due to its proximity to the Tower of London. Two upper walkways connect the two towers of the bridge and the operating equipment lies in the base of both towers. Having originally been painted a green/blue color, the tower bridge has preserved its current appearance of blue, white and red ever since 1977, when it was re-painted for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee.
- Walk Into The Walkways – The upper level walkways offer amazing views of London, as they are situated 42 metres above the river. St Katharine Docks, the Monument and St Paul’s Cathedral are all visible, and the panorama can be admired by visitors from this unusual spot. The Walkways have special windows that permit photography without the interference of glass, allowing an optimal photo experience and clear, quality memories.
- Victorian Engine Rooms – Visitors are invited to the Victorian Engine Rooms to admire the original steam engines that were used to put the lifts into function. They can also virtually live the unique experience of a Bridge lift and admire the rising of the Bascules.
- Art At The Bridge – The Victorian Engine Rooms and the Walkways are constantly organizing changing art exhibitions. Visit their website to see what’s on at the time of your visit.
|Students and Seniors||£6.30|
|1 adult and 2 children||£14.10|
|2 adults and 4 children||£22.50|
|2 adults and 2 children||£20.30|
|2 adults and 1 child||£18.00|
|Students and Seniors||£5.65|
|Children (5 – 15)||£3.40|
Prices For Tower Bridge And The Monument
|Students and Seniors||£7.20|
- Tower Bridge App – For more information on Tower Bridge, fun facts and games, download the official Tower Bridge App. You can also create images, watch animations of the bridge lifts and solve puzzles at various levels of difficulty. The app provides entertainment for both children and adults, and can be a fun family activity.
- The Monument – The Monument is also managed by The City of London Corporation, which manages Tower Bridge. Its fascinating history and secrets can be explored within the classroom and outside of it. In addition, the Guy Fox Explore Kit, available for download here, features puzzles and maps, which are very entertaining and fun for children, while still providing a valuable educational experience.
- Learning – The Tower Bridge learning program is in accordance with the national curriculum and it is suitable for both older and younger children. Workshops include STEM, Bridges and History & Geography. Kids are able to learn about how the steam engines that powered the bridge in the Victorian period worked, as well as the history of the bridge and interesting facts. There are plenty of interesting and rewarding activities to keep them entertained and stimulate their minds. Workshops can be booked here via email or by phone at +44 (0) 20 7940 8397. Please remember the weekly workshops can only accommodate 30 children in a session and must be booked in advance.
- Tube – The stations close to Tower Bridge are London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines) and Tower Hill (Circle and District lines).
- Train – Tower Gateway is the closest Docklands Light Railway station.
- Bus – Bus routes to Tower Bridge are RV1, 42, 100, 15 and 78.
- Car – Tower Hill Coach and Car Park is the closest car park to Tower Bridge and is located right next to the Tower of London.
Tower Bridge, built between 1886 and 1894, was introduced as an alternative to London Bridge, which for a time was the single way of crossing the River Thames. A competition was launched and a design was chosen out of the 50 submissions. Some of the others are available for viewing at Tower Bridge Exhibition.
The steam-powered bascule bridge was the largest and most complex of its time, with six accumulators storing the power and lifting the bridge in about one minute. The Victorian Engine Room is still available to visitors who are interested in seeing the original steam engines, boilers and accumulators.
The Tower Bridge Exhibition of 1982 allowed visitors to admire the panoramic view from up above in the walkways. Today, the landscape is very different, but still enjoyed by locals and foreigners alike.
- Tower Bridge’s first exhibition at its opening to the public in 1982 was a permanent one and was called The Tower Bridge Experience.
- The walkways were closed in 1910, because they weren’t being used enough.
- Although originally painted a greenish-blue, Tower Bridge was chocolate brown before it was painted in its current colors during Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.
- In 1952, the bridge started rising while a bus was crossing it, forcing the bus to leap from one side to another.